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'Diddle, diddle, diddle, dumplens ho!', 1916.

'Diddle, diddle, diddle, dumplens ho!', 1916.
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actual image size: 17cm x 32cm


'Many street traders indulged in a sort of singing refrain such as that of the seller of dumplings; 'diddle, diddle, dumplins ho!' and the 'ti-tid-ty-tiddy-loll, here is your nice gingerbread' of the vendor of gingerbread-cake. Traders in pies and dumplings used to call at the taverns to find customers, with whom they frequently settled the price of their wares by playing pitch and tos.' Number 17 in the 1916 series of 25 'Cries of London' cigarette cards isued by John Player & Sons. The images on these cards are based on a variety of 17th-18th century engravings that portrayed street traders hawking their wares. The most notable of these was the series 'The Cryes of London' drawn by Marcellus Laroon in 1687. However, many other series followed, such as the hand-coloured engravings produced in 1792-1796 by Francis Wheatley.

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